2018 Annual Report - Page 7

“The Library is
an extension of
my home.”
few years ago, local blogger Lorelei Buzzetta
struck up a conversation about her love of
romance novels with the manager of the Alafaya
Branch. The two talked about how Buzzetta used her
blog, Lorelei’s Lit Lair, to highlight her favorite authors and
connect with her fellow romance enthusiasts. The library
agreed to let her have a regular book display, featuring some
of her favorite titles, and they scheduled the first in a series of
what has become an annual event: Romance, Wine and Chocolate.
The free after-hours event, which featured a reading and book
discussion by a well-known romance author, was an instant hit. For
three years in a row, the event has been at capacity, and Buzzetta has
been able to grow her presence among readers of romantic fiction.
Buzzetta is a valuable library partner who has helped develop a
program that’s so popular that it keeps growing each year. In 2019,
Romance, Wine and Chocolate is scheduled to take place at the Chickasaw
Branch, a library branch that can accommodate a larger crowd. Buzzetta is
grateful to the library for supporting her project and helping her to expand her
reach. She says she feels like the library is more than just a place she goes to visit.
“The library is an extension of my home,” she says.

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